In the last post I discussed the difficulty in DUI jury trials and why I enjoy DUI and criminal defense. In this blog entry, I will discuss clients and defenses. The two go hand in hand for a number of different reasons that will be explained. The last blog post in this series will examine the "cost-benefit" analysis which involves what is given up in the decision to go trial.
First, the mentality of the client is very important. Some clients go into an initial client meeting and the first thing they say is they want to plead guilty- they want to accept responsibility and all this over. On the other side of the spectrum, clients want a jury trial. For the first type, the advice is to wait- that the People's case must be examined prior to pleading guilty. Further, this is exactly the type of person that is least likely to be a risk to society- they recognize that their behavior must change- and can change their behavior on their own regardless of punishment. Personal responsibility is separate than the People's duty to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.